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Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Gallo drive red hot Yankees past O’s

Maybe that series loss in Baltimore was just what the Yankees needed.

Since the Yankees lost two out of three to the lowly Orioles less than two weeks ago, they’ve won seven out of eight — including their last five.

It helps that Baltimore is in last place in the city and the Yankees beat them 5-2 on Wednesday night.

The Yankees got a two-run homer from Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning and a go-ahead sacrificial fly from Stanton in the sixth inning for the offense they needed on a chilly Bronx night.

Stanton gave the Yankees an early lead against Tyler Wells – the right-hander who shut them out for four innings earlier this month in Baltimore.

On Wednesday, Aaron Judge ripped a single to the left with an out in the first inning and Stanton followed up the seats at right center with a two-out blast to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

It was Stanton’s third homer of the year and first since April 9, when he hit a homer in each of the Yankees’ first two games of the season.

Giancarlo Stanton, who hit his 350th career homer early in the game, hits the go-ahead sacrificial fly in the sixth inning of the Yankees' 5-2 win over the Orioles.
Giancarlo Stanton, who hit his 350th career homer early in the game, hits the go-ahead sacrificial fly in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 5-2 win over the Orioles.
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Stanton hit the 350-career home run milestone in just 1,341 games played — the seventh fastest to reach the mark, behind Babe Ruth and ahead of Ralph Kiner.

History aside, the Yankees could use a hot streak from Stanton, who found himself in a 2-for-27 crisis before hitting a pair of singles on Tuesday. He now has four goals in his last two games

Jordan Montgomery, who had two outstanding games in which he only allowed one run in 11 innings, tossed around a leadoff double from Jorge Mateo in the fourth.

He hit Ryan McKenna with a pitch but got Cedric Mullins flying in the middle and then caught Mateo in second, putting him in a rundown for the second out. Trey Mancini flew in the middle to end the threat and keep Baltimore off the board.

Montgomery had few problems with Baltimore thereafter until the sixth.

Jordan Montgomery, not receiving a decision, allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings to give the Yankees the win.
Jordan Montgomery, not receiving a decision, allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings to give the Yankees the win.
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Mullins put an out through the right side of the infield and advanced to second with a Mancini groundout before Anthony Santander hit one to the left to level the game 2-2.

It was Montgomery’s first homer hit that year.

Montgomery followed up with a punch to Austin Hays and the left-hander was replaced by Michael King.

Ramon Urias rebounded with a single during the shift, putting Hays in third place for Robinson Chirinos, who popped out to end the inning.

King threw 2 ¹/₃ shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak to nine innings.

At the end of the sixth, DJ LeMahieu pulled a leadoff walk from Joey Krehbiel, who had just replaced Wells. After Judge slammed, LeMahieu moved up to third when Anthony Rizzo tossed a hit-and-run single to the left.

With runners in the corners, Felix Bautista came in to face Stanton, who crushed a line drive down the middle.

Mullins caught up, but easily scored LeMahieu to give the Yankees a one-run lead.

Joey Gallo, who hit his first home run of the season on Tuesday after an ugly start, hit another home run down right center to lead from the back of seventh for a 4-2.

Kiner-Falefa busted, moving up to second with a groundout by Jose Trevino and third with a groundout by LeMahieu. He then scored on a wild pitch from Dillon Tate as the Yankees took a 5-2 lead.

Clay Holmes threw the ninth for the save.

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